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Par 5- 483 yards
This difficult dogleg left par 5 is a tough test right from the start. To reach the green in two the player must drive to the corner of the dogleg, then hit into the narrow green guarded by water on both sides. Many a round has gotten off to a rough start trying to navigate this narrow approach.
Par 3- 125 yards
Don’t let the length fool you. This short par 3 is the 4th most difficult hole on the course. The player must carry the water off the tee, but must be cautious not to go too far. A slope off the back of the green has a runoff that leads to a creek surrounding the back side. While a good tee shot can be rewarded by a birdie, double bogey is never out of the picture.
Par 5- 506 yards
The longest hole on the golf course, the par 5 starts off with difficult tee shot. With a deep creek running the length of the landing area, the angle the player takes with his/her tee shot is crucial to finding the fairway. A wide fairway provides a relatively simple lay-up shot. The player that goes for the green in two can find trouble off the back in the form of deep rough and a pond. A great risk/reward hole where an eagle can really jump start your round.
Par 4- 298
The shortest par 4 on the course, this drivable par 4 gives the player many options on how to navigate the hole. For the long hitters that may want to go for the green, a blind tee shot is required to a green that is protected by Parnell’s Crossing(creek). Player’s who lay up play the hole as a dogleg right with a short pitch shot the the green. Choose the right club and be rewarded with a short birdie putt.
Par 4- 303 yards
Hole 5 is home to the only sand traps on the golf course. On paper this looks like a hole where you can make up strokes. A good tee shot to the narrowest fairway allows for the best opportunity for a good score. Be cautious of Denker beach(sand trap on right side), it has a reputation of awarding large numbers.
Par 4- 411 yards
This is the signature hole at the Valley of the Eagles. When standing on the tee box it is easy to see why. This hole is placed along the banks of the mighty Chilkat River. The scenery is stunning so it might be difficult to keep your eye on the golf ball. The hole has a slight dogleg to the left. Player’s should pay attention to the wind. If the hole is playing down wind a tidal creek will come into play in the back of the green. Score a four and take a picture, then run to the next hole.
Par 4-360 yards
The tee shot is the toughest part of the hole. Hole 7 has a severe dogleg to the left. Players should aim for the 150 yard marker. A tee shot left will go into the alders, and a shot to the right will end up in the wild irises. Finding the fairway will allow you to make a good score.
Par 3- 162 yards
At first glance this hole seems to be easy. No real trouble to speak of a mostly flat green can allow for some good scores. Make sure to look at the flag on hole 7 and hole 3 to get a better understanding on what the wind doing. Since the conception of the golf course this hole has never had a hole in one. Give it a shot, be a hero and create some history!
Par 4- 349 yards
A great finishing hole. Statistically this is the hardest hole on the golf course. The local’s have named this hole the Vortex. Dense woods surround the fairway make a good tee shot a must. After hitting the fairway, players are faced with a green that has a divide going down the middle of it. If player’s hit their shot a little left it will keep on going into a collection area. Water is also looming long and right of the green. Make it easy for yourself by hitting the fairway, the green, and making a putt to end your round.